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Description: Old Court
Date Listed: 29 September 1952
English Heritage Building ID: 153643
OS Grid Reference: SO3352144772
OS Grid Coordinates: 333521, 244772
Latitude/Longitude: 52.0973, -2.9719
There is also a scheduled monument with a similar name, Moated Site Known As Old Court Mound at Old Court, at the same location as this building or very close to it. This is probably the same structure or related to it in some way.
SO 34 SW BREDWARDINE CP BREDWARDINE
6/22 Old Court
Farmhouse. Second half of C14, with C16 to C20 alterations. Timber-frame
clad entirely in coursed rubble with stone tufa dressings to stacks; stone
slate roof. H-plan, service partly rebuilt in stone, upper end probably C16,
hall with through passage; stacks: rear lateral stack to hall, side stack to
service, also C19 rear gable stack. Two storeys, upper end to left has steps
leading up to first floor granary entrance, ground floor left a C19 casement;
hall: three 2-light casements to first floor, 3 similar casements to ground
floor under segmental heads, door to left under late C19 stone slated porch;
service wing has a segmental headed 16-pane sash with flush exposed sash box
to each floor, the gable appears to have been rebuilt. Interior: Upper end:
2 roof trusses are both queen post trusses, apparently C16 in date. Hall: of
2 bays with spere truss to through passage, floor inserted in C16, ground floor
also divided by timber-framed wall which cuts across the arch of the lateral
stack. The hearth opening is heavily moulded, and is a 3-centred arch, apparently
C14. The roof truss on the spere and the intermediate truss are now concealed
by ceiling. Central truss: suspended king post of two parts clasping scissor
braces, bottom end of king post sawn off; all openings filled with pierced
tracery; spere truss has collar with raked queen struts below and V-struts in
apex, all cusped so that each opening is a trefoil, but originally infilled;
below tie there are cusped arch braces from spere posts to tie-beam forming
trefoil arch, small braces between spere and wall-posts (the latter posts have
been removed), spandrel filled with pierced tracery. Evidence that walls were
formerly timber-frame is provided by the peg holes in the lower edge of the
moulded wall-plate in the through passage. Two doors into the 2 rooms of service
(all walls covered in plaster). Front service room has a little exposed framing,
including main ceiling beam with deep chamfer, all beams covered in painted
floral designs, one of studs with a lady, perhaps C14. The fireplaces on ground
and first floor are both heavily moulded and could be C14. Roof not visible
but probably renewed.
M R Bismanis, 1975, Minor Domestic Architecture of the Middle Ages in the Counties
of Herefordshire and Shropshire, Ph D Nottingham, pp 171-175, plate 32. RCHM I,
pages 26-27, no 4.
Listing NGR: SO3352144772
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